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Ok, I'm dragging this out because I've become too attached. But it is going to end. . . soon. Chapters 86 and 87 deal briefly with matters of importance, and 88 will be. . . probably in a couple weeks, since I have to go out of town again.

Anyway, despite what the Emily of New Moon cinematographers would have you believe, Prince Edward Island is probably not the ugliest island in Canada after all, at least in summer. 







Not pictured: Dueling churches, sea breezes, large sophisticated-looking foxes, clouds of incredibly tenacious black flies. 



I'm also currently reading the Jenny Penny chapter of Anne of Ingleside. It's astonishing. I missed so much by turbo-reading all the later Anne books when I was ten. Summary: Di meets a girl named Jenny Penny who tells extravagant stories about her family, her wealth, and her brushes with death. But when Di goes to spend the night at Jenny's house, she's disappointed to find that the house is messy and Jenny's family chaotic. Di is so uncomfortable that she pretends to faint so that the Penny kids will take her home. Di is portrayed as the victim of an unscrupulous liar, and the situation is resolved by Jenny moving to another school, where she tells extravagant stories about her friendship with Di.

In this story, the Blythes are the snobbiest snobs who ever snobbed, and Mr. Penny is [ALLEGEDLY] an atheist carpenter! which makes him like an even more awesome version of Abel Gay. Jenny isn't a particularly lovable child, but she's realistically difficult and obviously needy. It's astonishing how Anne has no sympathy for Jenny's imaginative re-visioning of her circumstances or her need to assert herself as interesting and worthy of attention. I mean, she knows that Jenny's father is dead and her uncle is as negligent and feckless as, I don't know, Hugh Montgomery or something, and instead of her heart going out to the orphan girl with the big mouth and the arresting eyes, she frets about her daughter consorting with That Kind of Family.

Anne is Josie Pye. 

That is all. 




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blueonblue
Jul. 2nd, 2012 12:55 pm (UTC)
I can't comment from work, which is sad because there was so much I wanted to say about how I dislike grown-up Anne and omg atheists and wow PEI really does look like that.

Random thought: Killing Walter was the easy choice. It should have been Jem.
evelyn_b
Jul. 2nd, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
how dare you suggest killing JEM

that dog would be so. sad.

but seriously you should write a paper on that subject for the 2014 conference and we can both go to PEI and take photographs by the beach and forget anne of ingleside ever happened.

atheists are bad btw, but not as bad as PACIFISTS. they are all unattractive german spies with abrasive personalities. I read it in a book!
Touhou Mother
Jul. 29th, 2016 09:12 am (UTC)
Mr. Moonwhisker was kind of an insensitive dick, shouting the war was useless to a bunch of parents just sending their children to possibly die.

Also, it's a nice reflection on how the people back then viewed WW1. Basically like WW2, only the Kaiser replacing Hitler.
Touhou Mother
Jul. 29th, 2016 08:29 am (UTC)
You aren't snobs if you're right. Anne's Marilla's prim ways led to a better family than the fuck all parenting that house had.
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